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Canada Extends 75% Wage Subsidy (CEWS)

May 15, 2020

The Federal Government has announced that it has extended CEWS to August 29, 2020, for certain employers.  In addition, eligibility for CEWS will be broadened to include additional partnerships and other organizations, as well as proposed amendments to certain calculations to address amalgamations and seasonal workers.

Further adjustments to CEWS may be considered as the government has indicated its intention to consult with Canadian businesses on this matter.  Possible changes may include further adjustments to eligibility for the subsidy, including changes to the 30% revenue decline threshold. 

CEWS is available to qualifying employers that have lost revenue during COVID-19 and generally provides an amount to employers equal to 75% of employees’ remuneration paid, up to a maximum of $847 per week per employee, starting March 15, 2020. The subsidy was previously set to expire on June 6, 2020. 

More information is available on the Government of Canada website.

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